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Music Education Council:
One Voice for Music Education

The Music Education Council (MEC) acts as a medium for bringing together in a working relationship those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training, thereby creating a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.

As the umbrella body for organisations connected with music education in the United Kingdom and the UK’s representative body for ISME and other international organisations, MEC is uniquely placed to represent the music education sector. MEC’s strength is its capacity to unite all those who wish to make a difference to the lives of children and adults through the power of music.

What we Believe

All children should have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument and sing in school

  • Music must remain integral to the national educational strategy and remain part of the national curriculum.
  • Music supports attainment in numeracy and literacy and MEC will ensure that Head Teachers and community leaders understand its importance in living a well balanced and enriching life.

 

Government and ring-fenced funding for music education must remain in place 

  • Music education is a front line service and funding must be maintained, targeted and sustained for long-term results.
  • Ring-fenced funding must be available for local authorities to deliver a wide range of inclusive, high quality learning opportunities.
  • We must not return to the 1990s when the partial devolution of funding away from local authorities led to the shrinkage of music provision.

 

We must develop the workforce for the future

  • We need a skilled workforce to provide music in every school and community so that people of all ages have access to the best music education possible, whether formal or informal.

 

Personal statement by Richard Hallam, Chair of MEC

I believe that the Music Education Council (MEC) has the capacity to bring together in a working relationship all those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training. MEC can facilitate a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities. 

During my period as chair, it is my intention to continue to improve communications, ensuring we have a strong evidence base for everything MEC says on behalf of music education. There is more that unites than divides us and, by working together, we can unite all those who wish to make a difference to the lives of children and adults through the power of music. 

As ISME’s National Affiliate for the UK, MEC also brings a unique international perspective to all we do, as well as the opportunity to learn from best practice all over the world. 

It is my intention to ensure MEC is

  • Proactive:
  • Reactive:

But, above all,

  • Representative:

Through facilitating discussion and debate MEC will enable the sector to be better informed about the views different parts of the sector hold, including understanding why those differences exist.  MEC will help to find common ground where possible and, following consultation with its members, the MEC executive will determine how best to move forward where there is disagreement.

MEC 2013 to 2016 will be addressing:

  • The school music curriculum
  • Funding for music education in and out of school 2015 to 2016
  • Funding and policy development for music education 2015 to 2020 and beyond

I hope everyone who reads this will wish to engage and help us to take charge of the future direction of music education for all ages and to be part of the solution to the problems that, together, we need to address.